The leader of the radical Sunni terrorist group ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (known also as Abu Du’a) is a former U.S. detainee at the U.S.-run Camp Bucca in southern Iraq. He was released in 2009 when the U.S. left Iraq.
In 2011, the U.S. State Department listed al-Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist and has a $10 million bounty on his head.
The Islamist extremist some are now calling the most dangerous man in the world had a few parting words to his captors as he was released from the biggest U.S. detention camp in Iraq in 2009.
“He said, ‘I’ll see you guys in New York,’” recalls Army Col. Kenneth King, then the commanding officer of Camp Bucca….
King figured that al-Baghdadi was just saying that he had known all along that it was all essentially a joke, that he had only to wait and he would be freed to go back to what he had been doing.
“Like, ‘This is no big thing, I’ll see you on the block,’” King says.
King had not imagined that in less that five years he would be seeing news reports that al-Baghdadi was the leader of ISIS, the ultra-extremist army that was sweeping through Iraq toward Baghdad. DailyBeast
Online: Washington Post: How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world’s most powerful jihadist leader